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Will Sick Days Cost Billions for NYC Businesses? San Francisco Says No

By Aaron Rutkoff
The Wall Street Journal

"'The advocates — surprise, surprise — have different math. “They point to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed, in March 2009, the average cost for sick leave per employee hour worked for private-sector employers was 23 cents. For service-sector workers, the cost is even lower: 8 cents an hour, the report showed.”

Kevin Miller, a researcher with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, testified in favor of the sick-leave legislation. He puts the total cost of the legislation at a mere $332 million per year — less than 10% of even the low-end estimate from the five-borough Chamber of Commerce coalition.

So the two sides don’t just disagree over the costs of requiring paid sick days in New York City — the two sides disagree by an enormous margin."

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